Ready for a blue-on-blue smackdown?
— 4Falley (@Leftpalm) June 4, 2012
Now this I would pay to see (2 asshats beating the hell out of each other): http://t.co/0Rt0yOYq
— Bill Saari (@BillSaari) June 4, 2012
The Daily Caller reports on the near Chicago-style cat fight:
In Daniel Klaidman’s “Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency,” excerpts of which were obtained by Politico’s Mike Allen, Klaidman tells of a heated exchange between the two that almost turned physical in the West Wing.
Klaidman writes that Axelrod, then Obama’s senior adviser, was “incensed” because he had heard that “Holder and his aides were spreading the word that he was trying to improperly influence the Justice Department.”
Axelrod denies any “impropriety.”
Valerie Jarrett had to separate Holder and Axelrod. Somebody needs to put her in a referee shirt, and all 3 of them in the boxing ring lol
— TPBGirl™ (@TPBGirl) June 4, 2012
the grown up admin that Peggy Noonan voted for in 2008 http://t.co/pqLXDRrH
— Mr.L (@MrLTavern) June 4, 2012
The Rose Garden should be used to settle scuffles like this, not boring press conferences. http://t.co/JTEKireK
— Brennan Lowery (@BuckHercules) June 4, 2012
But are Axelrod and Holder caught up in an egg-faced exposé or is this a leaked story designed to contrast the pristine ethics of the Obama White House with the eeeeevil corruption of the Bush administration?
— American Elephant (@AmericnElephant) June 4, 2012
If there's a story on how Valerie Jarrett broke up a row between Axelrod and Holder, then you can bet Valerie Jarrett was the source. #tcot
— Danny Gallows (@DannyGallows) June 4, 2012
Sure, they almost went at it in a wheezing West Wing slap-fight, but the picture painted by excerpts from Klaidman’s “Kill or Capture” is that it was all about honor.
“’Don’t ever, ever accuse me of trying to interfere with the operations of the Justice Department,’ he warned Holder after confronting him in the hallway,” according to Klaidman’s account.
“’I’m not Karl Rove,’ Axelrod added, referring to George Bush’s political consigliere, who had been accused of pressuring Justice to fire politically unpopular US attorneys.”
Most honorable White House evah!
Holder and Axelrod are not getting along. Holder wants to destroy the country and Axelrod wants to win the election! Who will prevail?
— Texas Bill (@PMgeezer) June 4, 2012
Little people, why can’t we all just … get along?